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Google Keep app arrives on Chrome OS with offline support

Google has made its Keep note-taking tool a little more accessible with the launch of a version for Chrome.

"The Google Keep Chrome app launches in its own window, so you can create notes, cross out your to-do lists, and attach photos to tasks while you work on other things," Google software engineer Eddy Mead wrote in a blog post.

The app works offline for those times when you don't have an Internet connection, Mead added. Anything you add while offline will be synched to the Android app the next time you connect.

Those who have Chrome installed can download the app directly from the Chrome Web Store. You'll need to use this link to install it, since the app is not yet available by searching the store.

Google Keep launched in March and lets users "quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what's important to you," Google said. Notes are stored in Google Drive, and synched to all of a user's devices.

The mobile version is available for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above via Google Play.

Meanwhile, Google also made it easier for users to help their friends and family with computer issues. The web giant updated its Hangouts chat service with a new remote desktop control feature already available in Chrome. The feature lets users take control of someone else's computer remotely, with their permission, during a video call.

"Because you're both in a Hangout, you can talk with and see each other during the session," Google's Daniel Caiafa wrote in a Google+ post.